The food was outstanding as always. Great attention to detail, amazingly fresh. Dim Sum offerings unique and exquisite.
My favorite location for special events.
This is the most upscale Chinese restaurant in GTA. If you want good quality food with attentive service, this is the restaurant to go to. It is the priciest Chinese restaurant as well.
best asian food on the east coast
The dim sum was excellent and selection was over the top exquisite and luxurious. The foie gras with minced pork in puff pastry as well as the chicken siu mai with truffles were amazing. I highly recommend the restaurant despite the hefty price tag $150 CAD for 4 people for dim sum. Most expensive dim sum we had but definitely worth it!!!
Way too expensive for the fair quality of food.
I really enjoyed the dim sum. The difference between this place and any other dim sum place is the quality of ingredients. Crystal shrimp tasted fresh, hot and sour soup had shrimp that were cooked perfectly, pork dumplings had pork that you can actually taste (and want to taste), not just filler onions and spices.Turnip cakes were boring, as was the honey glazed pork, but the Berkshire pork dumplings were amazing. The ambiance is just ok - feels like a typical hotel restaurant. They validate parking, which would have been a bonus, had we known about it in advance.
It as pricy though, $70 for 2 people - 6 dishes and tea. I would return for another splurge, just not very often.
We had a lovely time. Food was excellent, service perfect and the cocktails were fantastic!
We were introduced to a creative Asian cuisine, as opposed to the familiar Chinese food. It was a real pleasure, although expensive. Still, you get what you pay for, and this is definitely worth the price. The chef has a flair and creates dishes that are unexpected. I had pork belly while my wife had black cod. We shared a vermicelli with seafood. Dessert was very interesting and was almost like a smoothie, with fruit pieces and a very wide straw. Excellent dinner!
Food was good but not good enough for the price.
Having heard good things about Lai Wah Heen from friends who'd had dim sum there, I was disappointed by our dinner experience. Despite the room being only about 1/3 full and having at least 4 servers and the manager on the floor, our waiters were brusque and all but ignored us after they finally brought our entrees. No one stopped to ask if everything was all right or get us a second drink, and we sat for nearly half an hour waiting for the check. The appetizers were good, but our entrees were fair at best.
The food of this Chinese resto wasn't as good as before. The lobster we ordered wasn't too fresh. The other dishes were just ok, nothing extraordinary. The service was fine though.
whilst the so famous dumplings were not up to the expectation...the chicken was superb.
The atmosphere is very relaxed and quiet which truly enhances the dining experience. The staff are very friendly and efficient but non invasive. The food was amazing. Must try the scallops and snow peas.
Had a fabulous dim sum brunch. Staff was wonderful and recommended many new interesting things. It was the best dim sum ever. Cant wait to goback!
I had been told this was the best dim sum in North America. Maybe my impression of dim sum is off because this was exciting-sounding on the menu but bland in execution. The abalone sauce had no taste, the lobster wonton was stuffed with shrimp and came with a weird, watery liquid underneath it and then radish "cocoons" tasted were bland as well. The only redeeming dish was the foie gras and pork pastry - not exactly traditional dim sum!
Beautiful and whimsical presentation of dim sum. Outstanding service. A little on the pricy side, I'm saving this little gem for special occasions!
We have been to Lai Wah Heen a few times, but only for dim sum. This was our first time for dinner and the food was exceptional! We had the peking duck, the dim sum crab dumpling, shrimp dumplings and truffle and chicken dumplings, the shrimp with the chili and garlic, the scallops woth sugat snap peas and pine nuts and the kung pao chicken. Everything was delicious!!!! We will definitely be returning!
Does not disappoint. Went with friends visiting from Hong Kong and they throughly enjoyed it.
We went for dim sum to celebrate our 10th anniversary. The food was superb. They have an extensive selection, combining traditional dishes (the standard siu mai, har gow, steamed ribs, etc) with original, sometimes western-influenced ones like steamed rice roll of mushrooms, pea shoots and truffle. This is also the place for very luxurious dim sum varieties like deep fried lobster dumplings with consomme, or silky tofu skins simmered in abalone sauce. Everything is executed perfectly. Most of all, the tea selection is the best I've ever seen, very reasonably priced, and expertly served.
Try to get a seat in the top section as the neighbourhood is not as glamorous as the dining room. The service is attentive and polite.
My wife and I were staying in the Metropolitan Hotel and decided to try this for lunch. The dim sum was nicely prepared, service was prompt and attentive, and the prices were reasonable. If you like dim sum, this is an excelent choice in downtown Toronto.
I can honestly say that Lai Wah Heen has the best dim sum in the city! The food is spectacular and the service impeccable. Great spot for lunch, whether for business or pleasure. Will definitely be going back soon. Thank you!
We have been going for many years. This was the best dim sum we have had at the restaurant.
The food was excellent although to two fish dishes we had were ridiculously over-priced. Was surprised that nobody took our coats or asked if we would like a drink. We hadn't been there for many years and it is certainly not the restaurant it was.
Excellent special dim sum offerings. May be viewed as pricey for those who frequent the typical dim sum locations looking for an inexpensive lunch of har gow and siu mai but I would never go any where else for dim sum.
I brought my family here for my sisters birthday. The food was excellent. We went with the Authentic Prix Fixe and it everyone loved it. The pork belly, billionaires fried rice and jumbo fried prawns in sweet plum sauce were hits. I recommend asking them to substitute the mango pudding and cream as dessert instead of the sweet soup that is listed. The servings were generous and we left feeling perfectly full (not bloated and struggling).
Food is still good as it should be,but over-priced as is the wine list. (300% mark-up on a $11.95 bottle of wine?Really?). Too many wailing infants to make it a dinner destination of any note or elegance.
I've been here for dinner and service was excellent and the food fit for sophisticated palates. Bunch this weekend was very disappointing. Lobster in every single dim sum dish was severely overcooked and all the dishes were brought at once. Service was slow and unresponsive. Definitely not worth dim sum at $50/person.
Yes, it's pricey. But this is also not your typical cart-based dim sum. Each piece really is a work of art-crab dumplings shaped like crabs, pork dumplings shaped like little piggies-incredibly precious. They also use some pretty high end ingredients, like truffle and foie gras. Hits were the Berkshire pork piggies, the chicken and truffle dumplings, the pork and foie gras mini tart, the crab dumplings. Unfortunately, our meal this time was brief since we had to get to the airport, but I was not leaving before I had lunch here! Posted photos on Foodspotting if you're interested.
Empty restaurant on a Thursday evening. Isolated. Food good, not great.
Best Chinese food I've ever had. Dim sum was delightful, as was the pork belly, and lobster-truffle oil fried noodles. Loved it!
Great to see they are back on their game. We went for dim sum on the 6th of April and it was excellent.
We had gone shortly after the reopening and it wasn't up to standards. Apparently they have some new staff that needed some time come up to speed.
Best dim sum in the city!
Prior to the closing for renovation/management change, we've been regular customers coming in once a week only for the peking duck (yes its expensive and there are better options but the proximity to our home was the winning factor here). We were expecting a major design overhaul or something since they closed for almost one month for renovations. No apparent renovations were completed but that didn't deter us.
Anyways, all the food prices have gone up 10-15%, and the food quality (except the peking duck) rates even worse than before. The foie gras fried rice had barely any pieces of foie gras for example. Service was worse than before. Now they even charge for parking if you stay over a certain amount of time! Won't be back!
I used to love the dim sum here but following the reopening in March and the new menu, I won't be back. The dim sum was average - some dishes below average - goopy rice rolls for example. Food was painfully slow in arriving. I never minded paying more for the quality and uniqueness of the dishes here....but the menu has gone pedestrian and definitely not worth the price.
We went for dim sum. The food was better before they changed management. Maybe the chef was gone too!!
Food was very good as well as the service. We were in and out of the restaurant within one hour which was great!
I personally feel that the service should be improved. I've lunched a few times here and if not for the quality of the food, I'll avoid this place altogether. It takes too long for the waiter to offer the tea, take the first Tim sum orders and bring the first set of orders!
I probably would avoid this restaurant in future. I have given it enough tries.
Went to the restaurant for my father's 70th birthday. We had a reservation for a party of 7 and were seated with no issues. However from the time we sat down to the time the appetizers came out, it was 1 hour. Then we waited over another hour before the mains came out. We saw tables of people come, order, eat and leave before our main course came out.
The food was good, portions small for the price, but we were prepared for that since it is a "hotel restaurant". The manager did comp us by offering free desserts. I would not recommend as from the time we sat down to the time we paid our bill, it was 3 hours. I have been to Chinese weddings where they served a 10 course meal in less time!
Without doubt the best meal we have had since we were last there!
This is our second time back for the Peking Duck. It is amazing, and the service is very prompt.
Never entered our dessert order. Waited and waited and it took awhile before we can get the waiter's attention. Finally we were told they forgot about it. We re-ordered another dessert and waited but was later told even that wasn't available.
Way too much MSG even for a Chinese restaurant.
Service was better on previous visits but maybe they just don't like people who only order dim sum